Teaching Math to Students with Visual Impairments

Math teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired will find resources and teaching strategies for mathematics and other number concepts in this section.
Paths to Literacy
The Paths to Literacy Project gathers strategies shared by professionals in the field.  This resource bank is specific to the mathematics curriculum.
Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (Canada)
This resource suggests curriculum activities for teaching number line, time, currency, base ten, spatial measurement, and other numeric concepts. Materials available in print and video.
Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI) 
These links for teachers whose math students are blind or visually impaired include tips for classroom accommodations, advice for reading math aloud to students, and information about assistive technology.
A Publication of ON-NET/ICEVI
International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI), Overbrook School for the Blind, and The Nippon Foundation collaborated on this teaching methods manual that includes use of the traditional abacus and Nemeth braille code.
See/Hear Newsletter (1997) Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Division for Blind Services
Questions, answers, and differing opinions about the use of Nemeth Code in math education.
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
This section of the TSBVI website, created by Susan Osterhaus, is one of the most comprehensive online resources on math education for students who are blind or visually impaired.
Teaching Nemeth Code
Two articles on principles of teaching Nemeth braille code for mathematics:
TSBVI's Project Math Access is an online handbook covering basic number facts to advanced mathematics, and includes a handbook for spoken mathematics.
Instructor Susan Osterhaus, of TSBVI, shares her outline for teaching Nemeth Code.


American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
The APH report was conducted in 2005-2006 to analyze mathematics research and studies that meet the criteria for evidence-based practice.
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
A landing page of links to current research on the topic of math education and math accessibility.
National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum
An annotated bibliography of Mathematics information on the World Wide Web, compiled and reviewed by the NCAC. This resource is not dated. Some web addresses may have changed.

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